C.P. library officials seeking to sell former buildings

2013-06-01T20:03:00Z 2013-06-01T23:45:14Z C.P. library officials seeking to sell former buildings Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Buildings once occupied by the library will be put up for sale in the latest plan by library officials.

The former Carnegie library built in 1908 at 223 S. Main St. and an annex which opened in 1974 at 214 S. Court St. will be listed this month, said Lynn Frank, library director.

The asking price for the buildings had not been set as of late last week.

The adjoining buildings comprise nearly 20,000 square feet.

The Crown Point Community Library vacated the library annex on Court Street when it moved in October to a new building in the 100 block of North Main Street.

The Carnegie building, renamed the Carnegie Center, ceased being a library in 1974 when the annex opened. It housed library offices until the October move to the new building.

The annex building failed to sell at auction last month.

Library contents left behind after the move to the North Main Street building were snapped up by buyers at the April 20 auction, netting the library $13,690, Frank said.

A replica space shuttle, a life-like treehouse and a faux lighthouse which occupied space in the children's section of the annex were among items sold at auction, along with rows of orange metal shelving and dozens of desks and chairs.

A buyer earlier had shown interest in the Carnegie library building, but those plans fell through, Frank said.

Library officials hoped a new owner would preserve the historical Carnegie building, constructed with a $12,000 donation from industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

Contributions from Carnegie helped build hundreds of U.S. libraries, intending to bring enlightenment to patrons.

The $12 million, three-story, 46,750-square-foot library on North Main Street replaced the former library buildings.

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